One thing we know for sure is that California is a popular place to own a motorcycle. There are nearly 900,000 registered motorcycles in the state, giving California more motorcycles than any other state in the country. With wonderful weather and great scenery, you can understand their popularity.
Every motorcycle owner knows that there are risks when they go out riding, but we know that they do their best to stay safe.
Unfortunately, there is no way for motorcyclists to control the actions of other drivers on the roadway around them.
There is no way around it, motorcyclists do not have the same kinds of protections than passengers in vehicles have. When a motorcyclist gets hit, there are no metal frames or airbags for protection. It is a direct hit with a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. Then there is another impact with the ground that compounds the accident.
Minor injuries like road rash and lacerations, bumps and bruises are common, but often, the injuries are much more severe.
These types of injuries require surgery to fix and usually some kind of rehabilitation to fully heal. Often, victims of motorcycle accidents end up with long-term disabilities that can keep them from returning to work and the other activities they love to do.
There were over 14,000 motorcycle accident injuries in California for the latest reporting year. That is a number that has been increasing annually. Most motorcycle accidents result in some kind of injury or a fatality.
Nearly 50 percent of California drivers admit to making a driving mistake while talking in a cell phone. Add that to distracted drivers who text or watch videos on their phones, and you can see why the roadways are becoming more dangerous for motorcycle riders.
Drunk drivers will always pose a threat on the roadways, especially for motorcyclists. If a drunk driver is following a cyclist too closely or swerves into the other lane, they can cause major damage and injuries to a motorcyclist, and they may not even hit the brakes until well after the impact.
We know that, in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, you have so many things to deal with. If you are injured, your focus needs to be on healing and taking care of your family.
That is hard to do if insurance companies do not offer you enough to cover your expense. Often, they will not even settle with an amount that allows you to cover the medical bills. How can you support your family if you have to miss work due to your injuries?
Hiring the right personal injury attorney can often make the difference between getting the maximum settlement to account for your medical care, damages and lost wages or getting short changed or even having your case dismissed completely.
Have you been injured an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Compass Law Group, PC because finding direction after an accident means having a great Compass on hand.